Another former member of the New England Patriots coaching staff, who had individual success, could make a return if the team decides to retain Bill Belichick as head coach.
The Pats could rehire Josh McDaniels, who was released by the Las Vegas Raiders at the beginning of this season, as part of a plan to significantly improve the team’s on-field performance, according to a report from The Athletic.
Belichick has already held a meeting with team owner Robert Kraft on Monday regarding the franchise’s direction. Another meeting is expected later this week. According to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report, Belichick has continued to conduct business as usual, „without any signs of being done.“ However, in his end-of-season press conference on Monday, Belichick hinted that he may be willing to make some concessions, including relinquishing some personnel controls.
According to The Athletic, Kraft was reportedly leaning towards parting ways with Belichick as recently as December. A well-thought-out plan by Belichick could save his job. Belichick and Kraft both want The Hoodie to break Don Shula’s record for coaching wins with New England before eventually retiring (he is currently 15 wins away). McDaniels is a longtime friend of Belichick and remains one of Kraft’s favorite members of the organization, according to The Athletic.